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I stole a bike from the Second Mile

I stole a bike from the Second Mile September 17, 2012

“Kremer and D’Souza seem to have forgotten one of the first rules of storytelling, at least when I was growing up: The one who wants to rule the world is The Bad Guy.

“For Romney, God blesses America because it is America and America is good because it is America and America will succeed because it is America. To put this sensibility in the terms of a common religious expression, let us bless ourselves: In the name of America, the nation, and the holy nation — Amen.”

“I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that’s the America millions of Americans believe in. That’s the America I love.”

“For all of the angry freakouts by conservatives who have claimed that Obamacare was going to be the end of the world as they knew it and the triumph of socialism over freedom, not a single person I spoke with could offer up concrete evidence that Obamacare was now or would ever be ruining their lives.”

And ‘dick you over’ is not a winning answer.

“Are there parallels between the ‘high school is hell’ motif in Buffy, and the reality of living as a Christian in the North American evangelical Church?

“Moon did 13 months for the crime and Christian televangelists like Jerry Falwell and Tim LaHaye, realizing their own legal vulnerability, rallied to his support.”

“In the early 1980s, Moon began pouring millions into Religious Right organizations. Over the years, he used a network of front groups to channel cash to people like Tim LaHaye, Jerry Falwell, Ralph Reed, Gary Bauer and others.”

“The Vatican is not shy about getting rid of bishops when it believes they have misbehaved. The measure of how serious it is about addressing the sexual abuse crisis and repairing the church’s reputation is whether it proceeds to remove Bishop Finn from office forthwith.”

“It brings great disrepute to the Catholic church and its moral teachings. And it should do so.”

“I charge you to imagine the above scenario played out with you as the target of rejection.”

“The Gospel is inclusion into the fold of God, and we are to bring such inclusion to those that are excluded, that are bastardized and marginalized and under the power of evil, and to bring the way of the One who has given such amazing things to us.”

“Although it was a deeply meaningful experience for me, it was a Christian sacrament, and we had come to the moon in the name of all [humanity] — be they Christians, Jews, Muslims, animists, agnostics, or atheists.”

“With no real organization, no official leaders, no fixed institutions — and no bloodshed — they went up against the most powerful empire on earth, and won.”

“If it’s done well, then you get both the ugliness that comes out of showing how people really are around issues like race and gender, but also a hidden underlying counter-current that puts in front of you the very real, very personal, consequences of these orientations.”

“It is important to comprehend the desire for vengeance expressed in the Book of Revelation, and to not pretend that we cannot relate to it. But as Christians, we should also seek to overcome the desire for vengeance expressed therein, based on principles which we and its author share, but which that author did not always succeed in living up to, any more than we do.”

“You’ll tremble in fear when Jesus, the raging Lion of Judah, completely devastates the Earth, never to rise again.” (via)

“Because man did not have the authority to put murderers to death during this time, acts of violence and passion grew to such dimensions that God mercifully sent the Flood to destroy all of mankind but one believing family.”

“Unlike most other issues that have been in the forefront of evangelical social action of late, lying is, after all, one of the Big Ten: ‘Thou shalt not bear false witness against their neighbor.'”

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